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Is Tummy Tuck Scarring A Necessary Aspect of Cosmetic Surgery? How to Minimize Abdominoplasty Scars

You are considering a tummy tuck – the surgical way to get a flatter, firmer tummy – but you wonder about the after-effects.

Most importantly, you’re worried about scars.

Sure, the tummy tuck can give stronger abs and a flatter midsection. The procedure can even be paired with a secondary cosmetic procedure like liposuction to remove large amounts of fat, leaving your tummy in the state you want – flat, firm, and as enviable as can be.

But what good is liposuction for removing belly fat if you’re going to be left with a scar? Is there anything that can be done about scarring to fade or erase them entirely? And are scars really necessary with the tummy tuck procedure?

These are all common questions patients ask when considering tummy tuck surgery. If you are considering a tummy tuck, you are not alone. The tummy tuck has remained one of the top five cosmetic surgeries for many years, sharing the list with breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and eyelid surgery. A tummy tuck is also a popular procedure to include with the mommy makeover procedure.

And many patients worry about the scarring afterward. However, you will be happy to know that many patients hardly go on to worry about any scarring they experience. That’s because they are too focused on their excellent results!

Yes, there will be scars after the tummy tuck is over, but they can be hidden. A skilled cosmetic surgeon can even make them disappear completely or merge them with other scars.

It helps to understand how your cosmetic surgeon performs a tummy tuck, so you can be prepared for the location and appearance of any scars you may experience.

How is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed?

Otherwise known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin around the abdomen while restoring strength to weakened abdominal muscles. The tummy tuck should never be used for weight loss. But if you are at or near your ideal weight and have trouble losing those last few pounds of belly fat, the tummy tuck procedure can give you the aesthetic results you want.

What Aesthetic Outcome Can You Expect from a Tummy Tuck?

The end result of a tummy tuck is a smoother

The end result of a tummy tuck is a smoother, firmer abdominal profile. Your cosmetic surgeon accomplishes this by removing the excess skin and fat around your belly and waist. All that flab will be gone by the time you wake up from surgery, leaving behind a flatter abdomen in a single cosmetic surgery session.

A Tummy Tuck Can Remove Stretch Marks

An unintended but positive result of the tummy tuck is that it can sometimes remove stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen area, below the belly button. That’s the area people have the most trouble with. The procedure cannot remove stretch marks located elsewhere on the abdomen.

Is Scarring Necessary with a Tummy Tuck?

Any time an incision is made on the skin, scarring can result. The tummy tuck procedure is no different. Your plastic surgeon needs to reposition the skin around your belly button and remove sagging skin and fat between your belly and pubic area. That requires incisions to be made so that your surgeon can get to the inside of your abdominal wall.

The incisions are made in a horizontal oval or elliptical formation. The technique allows your surgeon to access the connective tissue overlaid on top of the abdominal muscles. Those muscles are sutured during the tummy tuck to make them tighter, and stronger.

The best cosmetic surgeon will make every effort to minimize scarring as the area is stitched together. However, in most cases, a scar after a tummy tuck is inevitable.

Can a Tummy Tuck Scar Be Hidden?

Tummy Tuck Scar Be Hidden

The scar left behind by a tummy tuck is often hidden in an area that is naturally obscured by underwear or a swimsuit. The resulting scar will be placed in a natural crease area on your body that is hardly noticeable at all, especially as the scar fades over time.

You can get a better idea of where the scar will be located along your bikini line by bringing underwear or bikini bottoms to your surgical planning appointment.

Do You Have a C-Section Scar?

If you have previously had a Cesarean section, your plastic surgeon may be able to merge the C-section scar into your tummy tuck scar for a less noticeable effect.

After-Care Matters

Following surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will give you a supportive abdominal garment to wear. Otherwise known as an abdominal binder, the garment will help with blood flow, and prevent blood clots, contributing to a faster healing experience.

You can also ask your doctor about shapewear for tummy tuck recovery. These garments contribute to faster healing after a tummy tuck, and can help the scars feel better, especially as you move beyond the prescribed abdominal garment.

As part of your post-surgery instructions, you will be told to watch out for infection. Check and clean the incision areas daily. Doing so will keep your scar clean and healthy, potentially reducing its appearance. Cleaning the tummy tuck treatment area also reduces your risk of infection.

What if You Still Experience Tummy Tuck Scarring?

Your tummy tuck scar should be mostly healed after twelve weeks or so. For some, the scar takes as long as a year to fully heal.

During that time, there are steps you can take to minimize the scar’s appearance.

Apply Vitamin E to Minimize the Appearance of Scars

Applying vitamin E to your tummy tuck scars

Applying vitamin E to your scars can help to keep the abdominal area moisturized. It could also minimize their appearance over time. Make sure you use 100% vitamin E oil and that you only use it once per day for the first couple of months.

As the scar heals, massaging it can further help with blood flow and the healing process.

Discontinue use if vitamin E causes an adverse reaction or skin irritation.

Watch the Sun Exposure

Scars are made of new skin and may react differently than normal skin in sunlight. The scar could become darker than the other skin under heavy amounts of sun, which could cause it to stand out even more. Using sunscreen on your scar for at least a year after surgery has been shown to help with darkening. Look for a formula made specifically for scars at SPF 30 or higher.

Surgical Treatments for Tummy Tuck Scars

Your cosmetic surgeon can inform you of procedures designed to minimize or erase scars such as the ones left behind after a tummy tuck. Steroid applications and steroid injections can get rid of scars that appear raised, red, and thick.

Laser treatments are also available. These are the same lasers that are used in spider and varicose vein treatments. The lasers collapse the tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin that lead to redness. Laser resurfacing can improve the tone and texture of the scar, while at the same time resurfacing the skin around it. As the area heals following laser therapy, the scarred skin is replaced with healthy collagen, which further improves the color and texture of the treatment area.

There are two more procedures that can help you erase scars. Surgical scar revision can help the scar tissue match the color and texture of your normal skin. Your cosmetic surgeon uses a combination of topical treatments and minimally invasive procedures, along with surgical revision techniques. The scar will still be there after the area heals, but it will be far less noticeable.

Punch grafts make a small hole in the skin with a handheld tool. The scar is removed and replaced with skin from another area around the body, such as behind the ear. Like surgical scar revision, you will still have a tummy tuck scar after a punch graft, but the area will be smoother and less noticeable.

Have You Considered Vaser Lipo?

Vaser Liposuction is a new cosmetic procedure that can give you amazing results without surgery. When used on the abdomen in place of a tummy tuck, the VASER device eradicates fat to etch out your body’s musculature underneath. Instead of merely giving you a flat tummy, VASER gives you that etched and “shredded” appearance. And since the handheld VASER device has a long and narrow tip, the cosmetic procedure can be used on even the smallest areas of your body, but also the larger ones. Some common areas patients choose to treat with VASER include the jowls, behind the knees, backs of the arms, upper thighs, and buttocks.

But when used on the abdomen, the fat is completely removed for a flatter and firmer midsection. VASER Lipo uses soundwave energy to break fat apart and remove it safely. The soundwaves heat the treatment area, which emulsifies the fat like traditional liposuction but has the added benefit of tightening and toning the skin on and around the midsection. Your abdominal skin becomes more youthful with a healthy glow. Coupled with the fat loss, and your belly will look like that of someone much younger, and in terrific shape.

The best part is that, since VASER only requires tiny incisions for the tip of the device to be inserted, there is minimal scarring left behind. Any scars that are left usually fade with time and are hardly noticeable after about a year.

How Does VASER Compare to the Tummy Tuck?

Cosmetic Surgeon

The tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that is considered major surgery. As with any surgery, there can be serious complications with a tummy tuck, not only because of the risk of infection like we just mentioned. There is also the chance of excess fluid leakage for several weeks after the procedure, and redness or puffiness at the incision site. The underlying tissue could become inflamed, and you could experience slow wound healing.

These serious complications are rare and can be largely mitigated by taking the time to find a qualified cosmetic surgeon for your procedure. The bottom line is, a tummy tuck can be risky. Your doctor can employ drainage tubes and prescribe certain medications to help with any tummy tuck side effects you may experience.

VASER Leaves Minimal Scarring Behind

VASER, on the other hand, requires tiny incisions. The procedure takes around an hour or so to complete, and the recovery time is fast. While you may find yourself resting for a few weeks to recover from a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, depending on how extensive your sagging skin happens to be, with VASER Liposuction, you could be back to work before you know it.

Both a tummy tuck and VASER can give you an enviable tummy. However, VASER gives you the scarless tummy tuck, which before now has been unheard of in the industry.

The tummy tuck requires a longer incision while VASER needs a shorter incision. The VASER scars will be there, but they will be hidden to the naked eye, in most cases.

Conclusion

While a tummy tuck can get you ready for swimsuit season in record time, you will be left with a scar. You can minimize the look with the scar by:

  •  Putting time into finding the best cosmetic surgeon
  •  Asking plenty of questions about scarring following a tummy tuck
  •  Adhering to all post-surgery instructions, such as keeping the scar clean
  •  Applying Vitamin E and sunscreen to the scar while massaging the area for improved blood flow
  • And finally, you can opt for cosmetic procedures like surgical revision or a punch graft

The bottom line is that your scar can be minimized. It will be tucked away in your pubic area, which is usually covered.

Don’t focus on the scar a tummy tuck might leave. Focus on the end result: A new you, with a flatter and firmer tummy, and surge of new confidence.

Or you could go with VASER Lipo, the newest way to erase the belly fat without surgery, and without the scars. A scarless tummy tuck that tightens and tones the loose skin on and around your midsection at the same time?

What are you waiting for?

As luck would have it, the best cosmetic surgeon for tummy tucks has an accredited surgical facility near you. Dr. Moein of Moein Surgical Arts is a body contouring specialist and can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Dr. Moein can minimize scarring so that the eye is drawn to your fabulous new frame. See if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure by calling our office to schedule a virtual consultation.

New “Scarless” Tummy Tucks – Your Chance to Get a Flatter & Firmer Midsection Without the Blemishes!

Do you hate your tummy?

Is it a bit squishier than you would prefer?

Sure, you could hide it with a high-waisted bathing suit while at the beach or pool

But wouldn’t you rather have a flat and firm midsection you can proudly show off?

Conventional wisdom says to do more crunches, cardio, and to engage in extreme dieting to shrink your stomach down.

Or you could go for a conventional tummy tuck.

However, a tummy tuck can be expensive and often leaves you with scars.

Now, a new FDA-approved technology is allowing cosmetic surgery patients to experience a flatter and firmer tummy, without the scars.

Known as Renuvion, this minimally invasive procedure can give you the midsection you crave.

Renuvion

It’s perfect for the beach or pool or for any clothes you decide to wear.

The best part is that it’s affordable, offered at a cosmetic surgeon’s office near you, and doesn’t leave you with a single visible scar.

Here’s more about this impressive tech that is taking the world by storm.

What is Renuvion and How Does it Work?

Renuvion is a skin-tightening procedure that can make your squishy tummy flat as a board.

The technology is known as J-Plasma and uses helium activated radiofrequency energy to make the skin tighter, giving you the impressive tummy you crave, no extreme dieting required.

Your cosmetic body contouring surgeon wields a hand-held device that delivers the energy waves to the undersurface of the skin.

There is a tiny incision that is made that allows for the energy transfer, but the cut is hidden in the natural folds of your skin, which hides the scar after it heals.

The energy that is delivered under the skin is in the form of a small plasma flame that heats the underlying tissue and stimulates the production of collagen. Because of this process, the skin is triggered and begins to tighten and shrink.

This process is referred to as subdermal coagulation. It’s much the same way the egg whites will coagulate when heat is applied. The same thing happens to the tissues underneath the skin.

The procedure takes less than an hour (usually around 45 minutes) and is completely safe and effective.

While you will notice results right away, the true results of the procedure will happen over time.

That means that you will continue witnessing the tightening of your abdominal skin for a full six to nine months after the initial procedure.

An Alternative to Abdominoplasty (Traditional Tummy Tuck)

For years, the conventional tummy tuck was the only cosmetic way to achieve a sculpted abdomen.

The tummy tuck was the preferred procedure because it removed excess abdominal fat and treated skin laxity.

Fitness

The downsides of the tummy tuck are long recovery times, leftover scarring, and the high price tag.

The recovery time for a traditional tummy tuck is between six weeks to a few months. Many people don’t have the luxury of allowing themselves to heal for that long.

The scar that results from a tummy tuck runs from hip bone to hip bone and is often visible afterward.

As far as the fees, the tummy tuck usually comes with a price tag that averages between $11k and $12k, with all associated fees included. The Renuvion procedure, meanwhile, runs about half that amount.

If you have more abdominal fat than you would prefer, as a bonus, the Renuvion procedure can be combined with liposuction or even HD Lipo to remove unwanted fat and get rid of the excess or loose skin, leaving you with a tummy that is perfect for any swimsuit you choose to wear.

Although Renuvion technology is a powerful technology to tighten the abdominal skin it does not work on everyone as it depends on the degree of skin excess. At times we can combine a minituck to address excessive skin below the belly button and address the excessive skin above with Renuvion. These combination operations are powerful means to achieve the best result with minimal scaring.

Who is a Good Candidate for Renuvion Tummy Tightening?

The scarless tummy tuck, which is when you combine Renuvion with liposuction (or HD Vaser Lipo), can give you the flatter and firmer midsection you crave without damaging the surrounding tissues or lengthy recovery periods.

This procedure may be ideal for your situation if you:

  • Experience mild or moderate amounts of abdominal skin laxity
  • Have recently given birth and have loose skin after pregnancy
  • Have aging skin that has lost its elasticity
  • Have localized pockets of fat around the midsection
  • Are generally healthy with adequate abdominal muscle quality
  • Have realistic expectations for your results
  • Desire a more youthful physique and “toned” tummy
  • Are worried about long scars following your tummy tightening procedure

It should be noted that Reunion skin tightening is not a solution for eliminating large amounts of excess skin, which is typical after extreme weight loss, multiple pregnancies.

Other Benefits of a Renuvion Scarless Tummy Tuck

When J-Plasma or Renuvion is combined with Vaser liposuction, you’re not forced to rest in bed for weeks at a time. This is one of the reasons so many patients choose and love this procedure.

Rather, after you have had the Renuvion technique applied to your tummy, along with liposuction, you only have to rest for one to three days.

This lets you get back to work and your usual fitness routine faster than if you would have chosen the traditional tummy tuck to get the midsection you wanted.

The results look natural, there is no visible scarring, and you get to look great in your birthday suit, in any clothes you wear, and in swimsuits, whichever you prefer.

Furthermore, Renuvion can be used on other body parts as needed to tighten and firm the skin where you want it most. This includes the back, bra area, buttocks, chest, face, neck, flanks, knees, and thighs (both inner and outer).

How Long Do the Results Last?

The abdominal tightening effects of Renuvion are designed for both men and women and are relatively permanent. With proper care, you should be able to enjoy the flatter tummy you want long into the future.

You can boost your chances of having a lifelong flatter and firmer tummy by scheduling with one of the best cosmetic surgeons available, such as Dr. Moein of Moein Surgical Arts.

Located in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Moein has a long list of impressive reviews from his loyal patients for a few major reasons.

Not only is the doctor skilled and experienced, but the doctor truly cares for his patients and the long-term results they are able to achieve.

Schedule a Virtual Consultation with Dr. Moein to Ask About Renuvion

Dr. Moein is one of the few cosmetic body contouring surgeons offering Renuvion at this time. This relatively new technology will soon be everywhere. This is your chance to experience the amazing results for yourself before everyone else.

Call (310) 694-4486 and choose the best time for your virtual consultation. Dr. Moein looks forward to speaking with you.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from an Arm Lift?

With the New Year rapidly approaching, it is time to start envisioning all that comes with it. For some that means setting up their annual New Year’s resolutions, but for others it is a clean slate and a chance to pursue what they have always wanted. Whether age, weight gain, or a recent pregnancy has left you with arms that you are insecure about, this is the time to visit Moein Surgical Arts for an arm lift. To get more information on the procedure, view our patient gallery, or find out more about the recovery process, get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.

What is an Arm Lift?

Before delving into the recovery process, it is important to know what the procedure entails. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a brachioplasty (or arm lift), “reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow.” This reshaping results in a decrease in sagging skin, a tightened supportive tissue that leads to a beautiful shape, and removal of pockets of fat that reside in the area. Since there are aspects of the look of your arms that diet and exercise cannot help (i.e. heredity), having the option to undergo an arm lift is crucial. For more information on the procedure, contact Moein Surgical Arts today.

Recovery Information

Assuming that there are no complications or special considerations, the recovery time for an arm lift is relatively short. According to Real Self, patients can expect to return to their desk job between 1 and 2 weeks. However, it is important to note that each professional has their own recovery regimen. Therefore, it is important to make sure to consult with them during your initial consultation about expected time off. For example, Dr. Moein conducts a postoperative appointment to evaluate the healing process and answer any questions that have come up after the procedure. To schedule your initial consultation or find out more about recovery time for an arm lift, contact the professionals at Moein Surgical Arts today.

Other Considerations

Now that you know more about the procedure itself, along with the recovery information, it is important to note other considerations regarding the process. The first thing to discuss with your surgeon is whether you are a good candidate for the procedure (i.e. are you in overall good health and have realistic expectations). Another important aspect to consider is when you will be able to undergo the procedure with realistic recovery time. In addition, having an idea of what look you would like the result to be so that your surgeon can design the best way to help you. Since there are a multitude of considerations, and this is likely your first arm lift, trust the professionals at Moein Surgical Arts for your procedure. Dr. Moein has years of experience helping clients get results they love, and also has information on how to make the results last for years and years to come. To speak with the team or schedule your initial consultation for your arm lift, click here!

Considering the recovery time and process of an arm lift procedure is crucial. Not only will it help you decide when is the best time to undergo the procedure, but it will also give you a realistic expectation of what the entire process will entail. To get more information from Moein Surgical Arts, contact the team today! With extensive experience, an impressive client gallery, and helpful staff, we are the team to trust with your arm lift.

The Magic of Reshape

Everybody is always looking to reshape his or her body into the ideal shape, whether you are trying to gain weight or lose weight. The majority of Americans consider themselves above their ideal weight, and losing weight is a daunting task that seems nearly impossible with the time constraints most have. Wouldn’t it be much easier if you had some type of assistance to let you know exactly when you should stop eating to lose weight and feel satisfied at the same time? That dream is now a reality, and with ReShape by Moein Surgical Arts, you can easily learn healthy eating habits and create an environment where you can lose weight and keep it off. Contact our offices today to talk with our knowledgeable staff about how this can be done.

What is ReShape?

The Reshape gastric balloon is a weight loss tool that has helped many people get to their target weight. It not only helps you get to your target weight, but also teaches you how to live a healthy lifestyle and acclimates your body to lower portions of food. This is extremely beneficial for when you remove the balloon and have to continue on your own. If you are curious and want to schedule a consultation for ReShape, contact the office of Moein Surgical Arts by clicking here.

How Does it Work?

Gastric balloons are not a new concept, but the ReShape gastric balloon is an innovative concept that sets itself apart from other gastric balloon systems. ReShape uses two connected balloons in the stomach, unlike other balloon options. This helps take up more room in the stomach, as well as having a more organic fit to the stomach’s shape. ReShape is a very safe procedure that has many benefits compared to gastric bypass surgery because the anatomy of the patient’s body is not being changed or altered. When using the ReShape gastric balloon, everything that you are achieving is on your own; the balloon is merely there to help lessen your appetite and allow you to get acclimated to a healthier and more proportioned lifestyle.

Prerequisites and Timeline

Because this is a procedure that focuses on lifestyle change, and not a quick fix, candidates should be motivated to make this lifestyle change for a leaner body. If you have had weight loss surgery in the past, you should consult with Moein Surgical Arts prior to choosing the ReShape procedure. If you are a good candidate and have decided to use the ReShape gastric balloon, the process is quite easy. The placement procedure takes about 20 minutes and is a non-surgical, out patient procedure. Patients will be given a form of sedation intravenously before the procedure, and the balloon is inserted through the mouth into the stomach and then filled. Moein Surgical Arts offers lifestyle coaching before and after the procedure to ensure you are equipped with all the tools for eating better and being active. We also offer an online portal that will help you in daily life decisions.

Gastric balloons have helped many people on their journey to a healthier lifestyle and the ReShape gastric balloon has many benefits that others do not. Be sure to contact Moein Surgical Arts today to schedule a consultation for ReShape.

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